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Tory attacks from cradle to the grave—strike back on 28 March

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2294

Some 250,000 children could be plunged deeper into poverty by the government’s welfare reforms.

That’s the conclusion of new research published this week by the charity Save the Children.

It finds that the Tories’ plan to replace a series of benefits with Universal Credit could snatch £2,500 a year from some single parents. It warns that women will bear the brunt.

This is just the latest report showing how Tory “reforms” of benefits and public services will make life even harder for working class people.

The Tories claim they have to make cuts because of the budget deficit.

In truth they are determined to make ordinary people pay for the bosses’ crisis—while helping the rich get richer.

Even the Department for Work and Pensions accepts that Universal Credit will cut the benefit entitlements of 1.1 million households with children.

Meanwhile the hated Health and Social Care Bill will allow private firms to get their hands on 80 percent of the NHS budget in England.

And the Tories’ assault on pensions will steal billions of pounds from public sector workers.

One “reform” will change the measure of inflation that determines how pension increases are calculated.

This change alone cuts £83 billion from workers’ pensions.

And not one penny is going into maintaining the pension schemes. It will go straight to the Treasury.

Millions of people can see through the Tories’ rhetoric—and more and more want to see a fight against the government.

Some 750,000 public sector workers could strike over pensions on 28 March.

This can be a day of resistance for everyone who wants to smash the Tories—and kickstart more action to stop their cuts.


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Tue 13 Mar 2012, 18:13 GMT
Issue No. 2294
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